After his controversial comments about sexual abuse survivors, Michigan State head John Engler is stepping down.
Engler’s resignation follows his interview with The Detroit News on January 9, in which he said some survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse were “enjoying” their time “in the spotlight.”
“You’ve got people, they are hanging on and this has been…there are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight,” he stated. “In some ways they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition. And it’s ending. It’s almost done.”
Following Englar’s comments, the school’s board of trustees scheduled an impromptu meeting — he submitted his resignation hours after in an 11-page letter to trustees. He will officially step down on January 23.
Engler was the former Republican governor of Michigan. He took over as an interim president in January 2018, after then President Lou Anna Simon resigned amid the Dr. Nassar scandal.
Dr. Nassar was a physician for two varsity teams and the doctor for the USA gymnastics team who committed countless acts of sexual assault on his patients.